Maldives reef severely damaged by Vietnamese vessel, which will pay a heavy price. EPA claimed that the Vietnamese cargo ship that ran aground in Fuvahmulah in August caused significant damage to the reef.
According to the Director-General of the Environmental Protection Agency, a survey conducted after the vessel was floated indicated severe damage to the reef.
“The survey is over. The report and penalties will be made public as soon as possible “Ibrahim Naeem, the Director General of EPA
‘MV NGOC Son’ was transporting water and sewerage material for Sri Lankan contractor Sierra when it came aground on the reef south of Fuvahmulah.
In order to refloat the ship, the salvage firm in Singapore had to jettison almost 5,000 tonnes of construction sand and gravel.